According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, a “league source” is reporting that the Chicago Bears have come to terms with former New Orleans defensive Tackle Sedrick Ellis on a 1-year deal.
Ellis was a mild disappointment during his tenure in New Orleans, as he was the #7 overall pick in 2008, but failed to produce at a level becoming of that lofty stature. It was previously reported that Ellis met with both the Patriots and Lions at earlier points in the off-season, but in the end, it appears that he has settled with the Bears.
He will likely compete Nate Collins, Corvey Irvin, and Stephen Paea for playing time alongside Henry Melton in the Bears’ 4-3 scheme. There is undeniable talent in Irvin (as there would have to be for a top-10 pick in the draft), but the challenge for the new-look Bears will be to maximize that talent in a situational role.
With the signing, the defensive tackle market loses one of its bigger prizes, and with several teams looking for defensive line help, they will need to turn to other sources should this report prove to be correct. As always, “league sources” are not 100% accurate, but the validity of the report is fairly strong as it was backed by one of the leading NFL insiders in Schefter. Stay tuned for more updates as they arrive.